So? Can you possibly flu-proof yourself? As we head into flu season, we’re looking for everything you can do to avoid getting sick. Regardless of whether or not you choose to get a flu vaccine this year, there are quite a few things we can do to boost immunity and stay healthy. Start by reading this comprehensive list of 15 to do’s to fight the flu, all from a doctor who knows.
15 Doctor Recommended Ways to Fight the Flu
Keep your surroundings clean, wipe surfaces at work, keep your cell phone clean. According to the CDC viruses can survive on a surface for up to 8 hours
2. HANDS FIRST
Wash your hands frequently and use a hand sanitizer. Remember the workplace and public spaces are a hotbed for germs. This is where the hand washing comes into play.
3. EAT VITAMINS
Increase intake of vitamin D, C, E and A. Include foods such as red bell peppers (add to salads), sweet potatoes, chicken soup, salmon and garlic. Research shows that keeping vitamin D levels at 80 ng/ml or so decreases the risk of catching the flu and swine flu.
4. DO FOOD PREP
Bring your own lunch to work where you can control food prep and ensure surfaces are clean.
5. GO TO BED
Get a full night’s sleep. When you feel run down you’re more susceptible to illness.
7. GO PROBIOTIC
Eat kimchi! It’s delicious and a great probiotic which boost immunity.
8. EAT MUSHROOMS
Add mushrooms to your meal. Packed with selenium they’re an immunity booster.
9. SIP TEA
Sip green or black tea rich in polyphenols and flavonoids which ward off illness as well as L-theanine, an immunity boosting amino acid. Green and black tea are also packed with polyphenols and flavonoids.
10. GO SWEET
Munch on sweet potato fries which are high in vitamin which helps us fight off bacteria and viruses.
11. DON’T TOUCH
Don’t touch your face especially the eyes. The average person touches their face around 15 times per hour! It’s something we do unconsciously so if we can be more aware of face touching the more we can stop.
12. SIP SOUP
Chicken veggie noodle or ginger garlic soup fights flu and sinus infection.
13. WORK OUT
Doing 30 minutes of moderate cardio per day is optimal to enhance the performance of infection fighting white blood cells.
14. GO HANDS-FREE
When we put our phones down and then pick them up or touch them this is where viruses can spread. Using earbuds and cleaning the phone with a devise friendly cleaner will help.
15. LOSE THE BOOZE
You really want to cut back on alcohol consumption during flu season. It dehydrates us and lowers our immunity so our ability to fight off virus is impaired.
Dr. Christopher Calapai is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.